Editor, The Friday Flyer:
I want to begin by saying that I deeply regret the words that I uttered during last Tuesday’s POA meeting. This has been a very trying time for everyone and I am ashamed for allowing my frustration to get the better of me. I assure you it was not my intent to hurt or offend anyone publicly.
I know that some have tried to help by offering excuses for my behavior but I can offer no excuse, only my most sincere apology for the embarrassment I have caused Natalie Mathis and her family, my fellow Board members, and the entire community. My remarks were in poor taste and uncalled for. I’m only human and as such I am prone to mistakes like everyone else. As a leader, though, I am held to a higher standard and I am terribly sorry I fell beneath that standard last Tuesday.
I have received considerable correspondence from our community since Tuesday, with some people calling for my resignation but also a greater heartwarming display of support for remaining in office. I am humbled by this show of support.
After a great deal of soul searching and discussion with my family, I made the decision to relinquish my role as President. I will, however, continue to serve on the Board of Directors of the POA for the remainder of my term. While I know this decision will not be easily accepted by a few in our community, it is my greatest hope that more will see this moment for what it was; a terrible mistake that can be overcome.
I want to say again to our community that I am so very sorry for my error. And to Natalie Mathis, I am extremely sorry my offensive and inexcusable behavior.